Quote: My funny valentine, sweet comic valentine. You make me smile with my heart…you’re my favorite work of art. (show tune from Rodgers & Hart musical Babes in Arms, 1937).
In the news: What’s Going on in this Graph? Global Optimism (The Learning Network study, 2.03.2022, published in The New York Times, 2.10.2022).
In context: On the global stage, bad news drowned good on Valentine’s Day 2022. War was on the brink as Russia menaced Ukraine and staged a game of chicken with democracy. Western Europe showed schisms while reinforcing ties with a US still suffering PTSD from a near coup orchestrated by its former so-called leader. China’s Olympics were floundering, Covid was enraging waves of anti-establishment fanatics and the public seemed exhausted only it wasn’t.
The study conducted by the Learning Network surveyed more than 21,000 people in 21 countries in all regions of the world. The responses were talled in two groups, one of respondents in the 15-24 age range and the other of those 50 years and older.. Surprise. Young people found in the struggles of their elders the seeds of how to go forward for a better world.
Okay, so the world has many prblems and each of its near-200 countries has its own particular variation of fundamentally the same problems. But the magic element of love, the inexplicable secret essence that is the source of the utmost agony and agony in humans is curiosity. “Fools rush in” for the chance to pursue the self-knowledge that the other draws out in us to explore.
“Getting to know you” is the magnet that draws us to venture beyond our comfort zone, past the secure borders that hem us in. That is the courage we have given our young people to dare if we just find the courage to get out of their way. For a better future, we have only to be the fallback cusion for our kids when they need help. help in venturing forward.
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